The Movie Timeline - it's like a timeline, but of movies


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1897

25th May: Jonathan Harker is en route from England to Transylvania to meet with an eccentric Count to discuss real estate transactions. (Budapest - Dracula)

26th May: Bram Stoker's novel Dracula is first offered for sale. (London, England - Vampire Secrets)

30th May: Jonathan Harker assaulted by lesbian vampire women. (Transylvania - Dracula)

20th June: Count Dracula en route from Varna to London via the Demeter. (Atlantic Ocean - Dracula)

21st June: An edition of The Illustrated London Mouse runs with the headline "Queen Honours Detective" and the subtitle "Queen Praises Detective Basil, Medal to be Given." (London - The Great Mouse Detective)

22nd June: All the people of Great Britain rejoice in celebration of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Her Majesty's procession pauses outside St. Paul's Cathedral to acknowledge the outpouring of affection from her people. (London England - Victoria the Great)

July: Dr Abraham Van Helsing arrives to assist Dr Jack Seward in diagnosing Lucy Westenra's mysterious ailment. (London, England - Dracula)

3rd July: Count Dracula arrives in London; all hands aboard the Demeter are missing. (London, England - Dracula)

25th July: Jack London leaves for the Klondike to join the gold rush. (Jack London)

12th August: Jonathan Harker escapes Dracula's castle and takes refuge with the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, the abbey where he and Mina Murray will later be married. (Transylvania - Dracula)

3rd September: Daniel Nicholson alleged to have died - later proved to be a lie. (Philadelphia, PA - The Village)

17th September: Van Helsing, Harker & co destroy Dracula's lair at Carfax Abbey, but the Count escapes to take Mina as his bride. (London - Dracula)

28th October: Dracula flees to his homeland by sea; Van Helsing & the others try to head him off at the Borgo Pass by train. (Atlantic Ocean, Eastern Europe - Dracula)

31st October: Quincy Morris is killed in battle with the count's gypsies, Dracula dies by the hand of Mina Harker. (Transylvania - Dracula)

1898

A slaughter house located near Greenwich closes down. It would be the site of the murder of a university student about a century later. (New York City - The Bone Collector)

A young British soldier is named a coward upon resigning his post, but fights on undercover to redeem himself. (Sudan - The Four Feathers)

Paula Schultz dies. (Texas - Kill Bill: Volume 2)

Clive Candy starts his service with the British army. (The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp)

Stephen Banning comes out of his catatonia at the Engerfield Nursing Home for the Mentally Disordered, and sends for his son. He tells him that when he read from the Scroll of Life, he unintentionally brought back to life Kharis, the mummified high priest of Karnak. (England - The Mummy)

Sarah Bellows hangs herself in in the Pennhurst hospital (Pennhurst hospital, Mill Valley, Pennsylvania - Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark)

Daniel Plainview finds silver in a mine. (There Will Be Blood)

Aliens leave Mor-Tax for their invasion on Earth, 40 years later. (War of the Worlds)

7th February: French writer Emile Zola is brought to trial for libel for "J'Accuse," his newspaper editorial attacking the French army over the Dreyfus affair. (Dreyfus)

13th May: Thomas Edison sues American Mutoscope and Biograph Pictures, claiming that the studio has infringed on his patent for the Kinetograph movie camera . (Edison, the Man)

21st May: Armand Hammer is born. (Manhattan, New York - Chernobyl: The Final Warning)

8th July: Soapy Smith killed. (Skagway, Alaska - Klondike Fever)

8th December: Sarah Bellows is admitted to the Pennhurst hospital by her own family (Pennhurst hospital, Mill Valley, Pennsylvania - Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark)

1899

Madeleine Ernestine dies. (Bride of Frankenstein)

A plague killed an entire village near what would be the archaeological dig site of a church fifty years later. (Kenya - Exorcist: The Beginning)

Henry Jones Jr born, later to be nicknamed Indiana. (Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade)

Allan Quatermain leads Captain Nemo, Tom Sawyer, Dorian Gray, vampiress Mina Harker, invisible man Rodney Skinner and Dr Jekyll/My Hyde against The Fantom. (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen formed, lead by Alan Quatermain. (England - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

American League Baseball begins. (Moneyball)

A poet, Christian, falls for a beautiful courtesan, Satine, and sings some Elton John songs. (Moulin Rouge)

New York City newsboys go on strike against Henry Pulitzer due to a $0.10 per 100 paper raise. (New York City - Newsies)

Newsboys win strike against Joseph Pullitzer (New York City - Newsies)

The year on Bessie B.'s gravestone. (Rennie's Landing)

Helen O'Reilly born. (The Royal Tenenbaums)

Sarah Bellows's spirit writes a scary story for each of her family members, causing them to disappear (Mill Valley, Pennsylvania - Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark)

Ichabod Crane investigates a series of gruesome murders. (Sleepy Hollow, nr New York - Sleepy Hollow)

Elise McKenna leaves school aged 14 to become an actress. (Somewhere In Time)

Alexander Hartdegen proposes to Emma, just before she is killed in a mugging. (The Time Machine)

8th February: Robert Angier visits Tesla in America. (USA - The Prestige)

10th February: Herbert Hoover marries Lou Henry. (Monterey, California - The Day the Bubble Burst)

April: A tornado hits Kanzas sending Dorathy Gale to the Land of Oz for the first time where she meets many friends and kills both the Wicked Witch of the East and the Wicked Witch of the West. (Kansas - Return to Oz)

8th April: The Fantom robs a bank. (London, England - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

9th April: The London Post headline: "BRITAIN ACCUSES GERMAN ARMY OF BANK THEFT." (London, England - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

11th April: The Morning Leader headline: "GERMANY'S NEWEST WEAPON." (Sri Lanka - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

12th April: Globe & Traveler headline: "'NOT US!' SAYS GERMANY." This newspaper contains a typo claiming it is the 11th of April. (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

4th May: Arthur Lestrange, his son Richard Lestrange and niece Emmeline Lestrange set sail from Boston for San Francisco on the Northumberland; a shipwreck in the South Pacific will maroon the children, aged 8, on a beautiful island and Arthur will spend years searching for them. (Boston, Massachussetts - The Blue Lagoon)

16th May: The Fantom blows up a zeppelin full of hydrogen gas. (Berlin, Germany - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

17th May: The London Post headline: "GERMANY ATTACKED!" (London, England - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

18th May: The Morning Leader headline: "BRITAIN DENIES ASSAULT ON BERLIN." (Sri Lanka - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

19th May: Globe & Traveler headline: "EUROPE ON BRINK OF WAR." (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

June: Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, Rodney Skinner, Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde, and Tom Saywer join together in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to defeat The Fantom. (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)

2nd July: Mac Curby Bell dies. (Night of the Living Dead 3D)

13th August: Alfred Hitchcock is born. (Leytonstone, London, England - Hitchcock)

14th August: Alma Reville is born. (Nottinghamshire, England - Hitchcock)

October: Dorathy Gale escapes from an electro-shock therapy clinic in Cottonwood Falls, Kanzas during the night. She is swept away in a nearby river during a serious rain storm and wakes up back in Oz. There she meets new friends and defeats the Nome King and the evil Princess Mombi. (Kanzas - Return to Oz)

31st December: George demonstrates a time machine to four of his friends, and steps into the future. (The Time Machine)

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